Oct. 31, 1859 Smithfield Johnston County North Carolina, USA
Jan. 17, 1952 Wake County North Carolina, USA
Arena Penny was born 1859 in Smithfield, Johnston County, NC, the eldest of 9 known children surviving children (5 boys/4 girls) born to farmer and CSA Veteran Seth Penny and his wife, Mary Catherine Byrd.
She was the paternal grandchild of Caleb Penny II and Lizzie Averyt of Johnson County, and gr-grandchild of Caleb Penny Sr. & Sarah Avyert/Avera of Johnston Co; and gr-gr-grandchild Edward Penny of Hampton, VA and Elizabeth Ballentine of Norfolk, VA who arrived in Johnston Co. ca. 1740.
Rena was about age 25 when she married 29-year old John "Milton" Baucom of Wake County around 1884.
The couple farmed in the St. Mary's (Auburn-Garner) area of Wake County and were parents to 6 known surviving children (3 boys/3 girls): Kittie (c. 1885), Durwood Royal (1887-1888), Eason (c. 1890), Mary Swannanoa (1892-1979), John Robin (1894-1978), and Annie Laurie (1898-1996).
Rena was widowed in 1932 when her husband of 48 years died at age 77. She survived him another 20 years, passing in 1952 at age 92.